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St. Thomas

Apostle

December 21

ST. THOMAS was one of the fishermen on the Lake of A Galilee whom Our Lord called to be His apostles. By nature slow to believe, too apt to see difficulties, and to look at the dark side of things, he had withal a most sympathetic, loving, and courageous heart. Once when Jesus spoke of the mansions in His Father's house, St. Thomas, in his simplicity, asked: "Lord, we know not whither Thou goest, and how can we know the way?" When Jesus turned to go toward Bethany to the grave of Lazarus, the desponding apostle at once feared the worst for his beloved Lord, yet cried out bravely to the rest: "Let us also go and die with Him" After the Resurrection, incredulity again prevailed, and whilst the wounds of the crucifixion were imprinted vividly on his affectionate mind, he would not credit the report that Christ had indeed risen. But at the actual sight of the pierced hands and side, and the gentle rebuke of his Saviour, unbelief was gone forever; and his faith and ours has ever triumphed in the joyous utterance into which he broke: "My Lord and my God!"

Reflection. —Cast away all disquieting doubts, and learn to triumph over old weaknesses as St. Thomas did, who "by his ignorance hath instructed the ignorant, and by, his incredulity hath served for the faith of all ages."
Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk




Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Saint Thomas

Introit • Ps. 138, 17

To me Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honorable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened. Ps. 138, 1, 2. Lord, Thou hast proved me: and known me: Thou hast known my sitting down, and my rising up. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, to glory in the solemn festival of blessed Thomas, Thine apostle, that we may both be helped continually by his patronage and imitate his faith with befitting devotion. Through our Lord.

Epistle • Eph. 2, 19-22

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians.

[All our good comes through Christ. He is our peace.]

BRETHREN, You are no more strangers and foreigners; but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and the domestics of God, Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone: In whom all the building, being framed together, groweth up into an holy temple in the Lord. In whom you also are built together into an habitation of God in the Spirit. Jesus.

Gradual • Ps. 138, 17, 18

Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honorable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened. I will number them, and thy shall be multiplied above the sand.
Alleluia, alleluia. Ps. 32, 1. Rejoice in the lord, O ye just; praise becometh the upright. Alleluia.




Gospel • John 20, 24-29

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. John. 

[Christ's resurrection and manifestation to his disciples.]

At that time, Now Thomas, one of the twelve, who is called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him: We have seen the Lord. But he said to them: Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.
And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them. Jesus cometh, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said: Peace be to you. Then he saith to Thomas: Put in thy finger hither, and see my hands; and bring hither thy hand, and put it into my side; and be not faithless, but believing. Thomas answered, and said to him: My Lord, and my God. Jesus saith to him: Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed.

Offertory • Ps. 18, 5

Their sound went forth into all the earth; and their words to the ends of the world.

Secret

We render to Thee, O Lord, the homage due Thee, earnestly entreating that by the prayers of Thy blessed apostle Thomas, on whose feast we offer these sacrifices of praise, that Thou guard Thy gifts to us. Through our Lord.

Communion • John 20, 27

Put thy hand and know the place of the nails, and be not incredulous, but believing.

Postcommunion

O merciful God, do Thou abide with us, and, with the blessed apostle Thomas interceding for us, mercifully watch over Thy gifts made for our welfare. Through our Lord.